Why Must Women Pray Behind Men?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: Why are women required to pray behind men in a Mosque? I heard somewhere it is to stop the men from being distracted by the women, which is apparently unavoidable if men pray behind the women. If a man’s intentions for praying at the Mosque is truly pure, it […]

Chatting Online to a Cousin I’m Attracted to

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, I hope you’re all at your best of health, insha’Allah. I want to know, if I can chat on the internet with my cousin, who is older then me, about moral and Islamic subjects? Is it permissible? And what if one already knows that one […]

Is It Permissible to Propose to a Sister Who Has Already Been Proposed to By Another Brother?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I just had a question regarding marriage proposals… if a brother approaches a sister and proposes to her while the two are alone without any mahrams present, is the proposal valid? Also, if the proposal is valid, does another brother still have the right to pursue interest in that […]

If I have Sexual Thoughts About My Fiance’s Mother, Can We Still Get Married?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I masturbated while seeing a picture of a non-mahram family member (by marriage). I have changed completely since then. I am in love with her daughter and I’m going to marry her soon insha’Allah. I am crying badly at the thought of it not being allowed. So please […]

Should I Seek Forgiveness from a Girlfriend I Wronged Before I Was Muslim?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: Assalamualikum, Before converting to islam, i had a relationship with a girl. A few months before converting, I broke of all relationships all of a sudden. Now that i am married, and am a muslim, I often feel guilt that i was unjust towards her.  Should I now approach that girl to seek […]

The Hadith of Women Walking on the Sides of the Street

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Is the hadith of women being commanded to walk on the side of the road applicable today? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate, Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Thank you for your question. It is not a religious obligation for women to […]

Is it Bad Manners to Be “Cold” to Protect Yourself from Developing Feelings for Someone?

Answered by Ustadha Jameela Jafri Question: Assalaamu alaykum, I stopped talking to a Muslim guy I know from work because I developed feelings for him.  Now if I see him, I’ll only give greetings and nothing else.  I don’t behave like this towards anyone else. Am I being a bad person by ignoring him and […]

I’m Married But I Still Think About Another Man

Answered by Ustadha Rukayat Yakub Question: Salam A’alaykum,   I used to speak to this man before I got married.  Things didn’t work out at first.  Just before I got engaged, this man approached me with a phone call saying he was ready for marriage. I apologized and told him that my choice of marriage […]

Is Physical Intimacy Allowed if You Are Engaged?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: Are engaged people allowed to make out? If they are are they allowed to do it in public? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Dear Sister, Assalamu alaikum, I pray you are well. If by “engaged,” you are referring to the Arab practice of katb […]

How Do I Get Over Feelings for Someone Who Got Engaged to Someone Else?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: I fell in love, and don’t know how to get out of it. He’s Muslim and engaged now, but he showed interest in my before his engagement.  Now he’s backing off, but I still have strong feelings for him.  I don’t know how to let go. I end […]